Root of the CAR conflict is a legacy of poverty, not religious warfare

by Manon Verchot Global Post April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — The UN Security Council has voted to send almost 12,000 peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) to stop a two-year-old conflict that the United Nations fears could become a genocide. The UN force would supplement French and African Union troops already on the ground....

Trauma compounds the effects of extreme poverty, adding to the risk of malnutrition. Photo: Nicholas Long/IRIN

Trauma related to extreme violence worsens malnutrition in Central African Republic

by IRIN News April 23, 2014

Data collected at a hospital clinic for malnourished children in the Central African Republic (CAR) suggests that many of the childrens’ parents present symptoms of post-traumatic stress directly linked to their exposure to extreme violence, according to the NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF)....

Senegalese forces train with US Marines. The US military is now conducting exercises and operations with virtually every African military. Photo: US Marine Corps/Flickr

AFRICOM goes to war on the sly: An AFRICOM official says the US has been “at war” in Africa for over two years

by Nick Turse TomDispatch/Foreign Policy in Focus April 15, 2014

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa. For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission l...

Eritrean refugee. Photo: Sasha Kimel / Flickr

Eritrean refugees at risk: Eritrean refugees face human trafficking, exploitation, and hostility throughout North Africa and the Sahel

by Dan Connell Foreign Policy In Focus and The Nation April 10, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have fled a repressive dictatorship since 2001. Their small northeast African country, which has a population 4-5 million and was once touted as part of an African “renaissance,” is one of the largest per-capita producers of asylum seekers in the world....

Ugandan police raid US-financed health project in what appeared to be the first public action to enforce a new anti-homosexuality law

by Associated Press New York Times April 5, 2014

Police officers raided the offices of an American-financed project that offers services to AIDS patients, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action to enforce a new anti-homosexuality law. The Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala was singled out...

Bessan, a village in northwest CAR, suffered considerable destruction at the hands of Seleka rebels. Photo: Nicholas Long/IRIN

UN issues new warnings on Central African Republic

by Nick Cumming-Bruce New York Times April 3, 2014

GENEVA — Fighting involving Christian militias, Muslims and foreign troops has killed more than 60 people and wounded more than 100 in the past 10 days in Bangui, Central African Republic, United Nations officials said Tuesday, warning that security was deteriorating and appealing for more peaceke...

At quiet rebel base, plotting an assult against South Sudan’s oil fields

by Jacey Fortin New York Times April 3, 2014

NASIR, South Sudan — There are only four bullets in the rifle that Liep Wiyual plans to use against government troops on the front lines in South Sudan. “When I go to fight, I will get more bullets,” he said. For rebel fighters like him, rushing onto battlefields to seize weapons and ammuni...

A South Sudanese woman ground grain from the World Food Program on Wednesday in western Ethiopia, where close to 90,000 South Sudanese have fled. Photo: Zacharias Abubeker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

South Sudan urgently needs help to stave off famine, UN warns

by Nick Cumming-Bruce New York Times April 3, 2014

GENEVA — South Sudan needs $230 million in international aid in the next 60 days or it will face the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands of people died in Ethiopia’s famine, the United Nations official coordinating humanitarian aid in South Sudan warned on Thur...

Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda

by IRIN News April 2, 2014

Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on healthcare services, particularly for HIV/AIDS patients....

On the hunt for Joseph Kony: Obama has ordered an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to Uganda to find warlord Joseph Kony. Pictured is a photo from the hunt in September. Kony, whose forces have spent years attacking central African villages, mutilating civilians and stealing children, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court. Photo: Washington Post

US sends Osprey aircraft, more Special Operations forces to hunt Ugandan warlord

by Karen DeYoung Washington Post March 23, 2014

President Obama has ordered a sharp increase in U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to Uganda and sent U.S. military aircraft there for the first time in the ongoing effort to hunt down warlord Joseph Kony across a broad swath of central Africa....

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